Justice allows House access to Trump’s tax returns

Justice allows House access to Trump’s tax returns

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a House committee was entitled to view former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, appearing to mark the end of a long soap opera.

The committee on ways and means of the House of Representatives launched in 2019 a legal procedure to force Donald Trump, then tenant of the White House, to transmit his tax returns.

Contrary to custom, Donald Trump refused to release these documents and engaged in a judicial standoff that lasted nineteen months after the end of his term.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that the parliamentary committee’s request was justified in the course of its work, considering that it did not violate the principle of separation of powers and that it respected the US Constitution.

Via Twitter, the House Ways and Means Committee said it expected to “immediately receive the requested tax returns and audit documents”.

This decision comes after a district judge last December rejected an appeal by Donald Trump not to transmit the documents, arguing that the legislative interest of Congress outweighed any deference that Trump could benefit from as a former president.

The Republican president was the first tenant of the White House in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax slips, seeking to keep secret the details of his fortune and the activities of his family business, the Trump Organization.

(Reporting by Rami Ayyub and Doina Chiacu; French version by Jean Terzian, editing by Tangi Salaün)


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